Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

Discussion Forum

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19. 1 Reply

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2. 5 Replies

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message…Continue

Tags: Silveria, Jay, Gen., , Air, Force, Academy", racism

Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 12. 11 Replies

I saved the comments from the previous quotations group the day before it was cleared and closed. Its creator feels strongly that people's comments (though they were posted publicly) shouldn't be…Continue

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2017 at 9:50am

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.
-- Alan Moore, "Watchmen"

Watchmen was NOT a happy little flick by any stretch, nor is it anything like most other superhero movies.  Most superhero movies and indeed most ordinary movies wouldn't have such a blunt, naked statement like the above as part of the script.  A good thing, from where I sit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2017 at 2:22am

I am of the class of women who classifies people. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 5, 2017 at 12:39am
A mischief maker’s variation on that: there are two classes of men, those who classify people and those who don’t.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2017 at 7:00am

The world holds two classes of men – intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
– Abu’l‐Ala al Ma’arri

Certainly there are exceptions to this rule – Francis Collins of the Human Genome Project comes to mind – but one still has to wonder: WHY haven't such people applied their powers of observation, discrimination, and skepticism to their own faith?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2017 at 6:56am

Tom, there are theists who would choke before writing such words as appeared in your fortune cookie, I think.

Gary, Peter Boghossian might disagree with Sagan's quote, but then he's a patient man with a deft technique.  Some can be argued out of their faith.  Some can't.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 4, 2017 at 1:26am
“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.”
— Found today in a fortune cookie.

Did a non-theist write that one?
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 4, 2017 at 1:18am
Joan, your “I never pass up an opportunity to learn something. What is it I am to learn?“ reads much like an invitation to play the “Why don’t you...? Yes, but....” game.

I once played and always lost that game. Instead, suppose you identify what you feel most moved to learn.
Comment by Gary S on November 3, 2017 at 10:03pm

You can’t convince a believer of anything because their belief isn’t based on evidence but on a deep-seated need to believe.

- Carl Sagan

Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2017 at 12:18pm

Yes, Joan. The 4 legged nurses are just the best, & they know exactly how you feel!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2017 at 5:57am

The first casualty of learning is IGNORANCE.  If theists truly wanted to learn, then theism would become such a casualty.
-- me

And is there in this world anything quite so frightening as the stubborn determination NOT TO LEARN?

 

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